WASHINGTON (CNN) — President-elect Barack Obama and Adm. Michael Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, held a private closed door meeting in Chicago Friday for 45 minutes, according to a U.S. military official with direct knowledge of the talks.
The meeting was a "get acquainted session," the official said.
President George Bush personally approved the meeting, and it was also "encouraged" by Defense Secretary Robert Gates, the official said. The approval was not required, but was given because of the sensitivity of the sitting president's advisers giving advice to a president not yet in office.
Obama extended the invitation to Mullen.
Bush spoke with Obama about bank rescue plan Posted: 10:57 AM ET
From CNNMoney.com Senior Writer Jeanne Sahadi
Bush and Paulson met Monday.
(CNNMoney.com) – President Bush said Monday that the first step toward economic recovery is to stabilize the financial system - and that the government may step in to help financial institutions again the way it did with Citigroup.
"This is a tough situation for America. But we will recover. The first step is to secure our financial system," Bush said after meeting with Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson. "If need be, we're going to make these kind of decisions to safeguard our financial system in the future."
The president said he spoke with President-elect Obama about the decision. "Anytime we're to make a big decision during the transition, he will be informed, as will his team," Bush said.
Even the worst (or is it the best) evil people can feign being nice for hours at a time as is the case here with George Bush. There will likely be more of these "nice" moments during the transition while George Bush makes signing statements negating all that is good in government.
Hopefully Obama can unsign these statements so we no longer pour good money after bad in Iraq, stop raping our western lands setting up oil derricks within site of Arches National Park, and stop the myriad other signing statements Cheney pushes in front of him.
The only conjecture left to the hundreds of books that will be written after George Bush leaves office is whether the man is very stupid or very evil. I vote for a deadly combination of both. (A little evil, not very bright.) Whether his defenders are gullible or stupid is open to debate also.
Can Bush turn on the charm for 56 days to erase eight years of somewhat evil stupidity? I would not count on it. As Jules says in Pulp Fiction, "Well we'd have to be talkin' about one charming motherfuçkin' pig!"
" I vote for a deadly combination of both. (A little evil, not very bright.) "
I agree... the fact he contrived the whole Iraq war backs you up. And he didn't misinterpret the intelligence... they molded it to fit their agenda! Why else would people at CDC know in April 2001- get your bioweapons test ready by 2003- we're going into Iraq?
Well Bush molded nothing it came pre-molded from the German secrete police -via- a Iraqi agent who worked on Sadams bioweapons - according to a CNN interview
Simply The Germans gave the information from the Iraqi to Bush and Cheney at which they fell for it hook line and sinker . The big problem was the Germans nor did Bush ever tried to check the facts which we now know are false
Where do you get this malarkey carp? You think one German secret police dude told our CIA some stuff and this is the reason we invaded a country?
Simply? You have to start admitting that you were taken for a ride. You were mad at people who pointed out it was because of the oil. That there were no WMDs. Now you are down to the German secret police concocting the whole thing.
Well damn, as long as you saw it on a CNN interview that must be the end of the story. Righto.
It's like blaming Clinton for the Financial meltdown because he helped sign into law a single bill. Oh wait, you do believe that.
I posted about this interview sometime ago - I'll look for a link if there is one later . The Germans concocted nothing either. The story goes;
Former Iraqi bioweapon engineer defects to Germany and applies for a VISA - German Secrete Police catches the VISA request and pays the Iraqi a visit - Germans offers the Iraqi money and a VISA for information - The Iraqi concocted a story knowing what Bush and the Germans wanted to hear , took the money and VISA and walked away
The Germans nor did Bush never bothered to check the Iraqi story - sure Bush could have made some additions to it and polished it up . So when they say that Bush acted on bad information / intelligence this is the one
Nope that was the one - you don't have to believe it and you can keep your prince too .
They had other intelligence and some where from Iranian agents as well , just bits and pieces . But this Iraqi guy laid out the whole Sadam scheme , the labs on trucks thats where he worked" , the phony milk plant yada yada , the story was so convincing , Bush did not bother to check on it , just took for face value and ran with it <-- thats the real crime
What you've got to keep in mind is that there was also a very deep-seated personal vendetta on Bush's part. Saddam had put out a contract of sorts on Bush Sr. He had his likeness installed on a portico floor so that people could step on it (in the ME, showing the bottoms of your feet is considered offensive). In addition to the oil and any other political agendas, Bush went out of his way for personal reasons to find an excuse to invade. Why do you think he and his merry moronic marauders didn't do any due diligence? Because they didn't want to! If any eensy-weensy infobits so much as hinted in the most obscure way that Saddam was up to no good, Bush was on it like stink on sh!t.
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